Each year, as the holiday season approaches, the anticipation and excitement I feel increases from the previous year. I think it is because I am a mother now and I look forward to making the holidays a magical time for my children. I have so many fond memories from my childhood Christmases that I just want my kids to share that same joy that I experienced. I want Bella and Luca to look back and remember fun times at Christmas decorating the inside and outside of our home, baking Christmas cookies, decorating gingerbread houses, watching Christmas movies, wearing matching pyjamas, and spending time with our friends and family.
This year will be our two-year-old daughter’s third Christmas and I can also feel her excitement grow, as she becomes more aware of the holiday and all that it entails. She has already been talking about and pointing out Christmas decorations around the city and mentioning Santa (mostly how she doesn’t want a photo with him- we will see about that ;). When we ask her what she would like for presents, she doesn’t quite understand the concept yet. I think she still has Halloween on her mind because last time she said “chips and candy”.
When Christmas shopping for Bella, I like to get items from a few different categories, so she has some variety. I start with one ‘necessity.’ This year it’s pyjamas. Many of hers are getting short in the arms and legs because, no matter how many times I tell her, she just won’t stop growing! Then I like to get one or two fun items/toys that she will enjoy. So far I’ve got her the Hungry Hippos game, which I think will be fun to play as a family, and something that she is able to participate in and understand. Then lastly, I like to get one keepsake item. Something special that is meaningful or sentimental.
I was thrilled when I saw that Paris Jewellers recently released their ‘Precious Forever’ jewellery collection for children. The line features high quality pieces and precious metals that will last a lifetime. I think any of the beautiful jewellery items in the collection would make a darling gift for a baby shower, baptism, first (or subsequent) birthday, and of course, Christmas. And if the beauty of these pieces wasn’t reason enough to make a purchase, Paris Jewellers is donating a portion of the proceeds to the Children’s Wish Foundation! So you are giving both your little one a special gift, and doing something special for another child in need. Who doesn’t want that?
Bella doesn’t have her ears pierced, as we are waiting until she decides she would like them pierced, but once that day comes, we will let her pick one of the many stunning studsin the Precious Forever collection. I am sensitive to costume jewellery and my ears can’t handle anything except real gold or silver, so I would prefer to have Bella wear something non-irritating as well.
One of the first keepsake items Bella received for her first Christmas was a gold baby bracelet engraved with her name. Not only is it sweet as can be, it is a reminder of how small her wrist once was. Paris Jewellers offers a similar Children’s 14KT Gold Adjustable Braceletwhich would make any little princess happy as can be on Christmas morning. This is one of my favourite items in the collection as it’s timeless and perfect for any occasion.
The only thing sweeter than one bracelet on a lux little lady’s wrist, is more than one bracelet! Layered bracelets? Arm party? Yes please! I died when I saw this Children’s 14KT Yellow Gold Bangle. And it looks even cuter on than in the box. The quality is exceptional, so you don't have to worry about it getting bent out of shape easily. It’s durable and will last a lifetime. I’m a big fan of bangles myself, so it would be adorable to rock matching mommy and me bangles with my mini.
Lastly, this Children's 14KT Gold Cross Pendant with Cubic Zirconiais sure to make any little lovely jump for joy when she opens it. I love the dainty and classic style of the pendant. Bella often asks to wear a necklace and this is a perfect, everyday piece. She instantly felt ‘special’ when I put it around her neck. A perfect baptism or confirmation gift as well.
If you are thinking of gifting a special little one a keepsake gift this holiday season, be sure to check out one of Paris Jewellers locations across four provinces. If you're in Saskatoon like I am, check out it’s Lawson Heights Mall location or shop it’s online store from the comfort of your own home.
A big thank you to my talented husband and photographer Garrett Kendel for these images.